Kacavas, Coene, Irwin Finish Up in Style
LOWELL -- A number of local individuals have wrapped up their college careers with outstanding senior seasons on the basketball court this winter.
Among them is Rivier University women’s basketball player Kaylee Kacavas of Dracut, who finished the regular season leading the entire NCAA Division III in scoring at 27.3 points per game.
The senior guard was among the top 10 scorers in all divisions of NCAA basketball.
In her last two games for the Nashua school, Kacavas scored 42 points against Simmons and 30 points in a 64-53 season-ending win over Norwich. Rivier finished 4-19 overall. Kacavas shot 45.7 percent from the field and 29.1 percent on three-pointers.
Elizabeth Meehan of Nashua was second on the team in scoring at 10.6 ppg.
Austin Coene of Tyngsboro was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year for Roger Williams University after leading the league in scoring at 25.6 points per game, which sits seventh on the NCAA Division III list.
Coene, a senior, was named to the All-CCC first team all-star team as well as being named the conference Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
In addition to scoring, Coene was in the top-5 in the league for assists (third, 4.5), rebounding (fourth, 9.2) and steals (fourth, 1.8).
Coene had 11 double-doubles this year and scored 30-plus points in eight games. The Academic All-Star was on the Dean’s List every semester of his four years at the Bristol, R.I., school.
Pelham’s Keith Brown of Endicott finished third in the CCC in scoring at 23.1 points per game.
Emily Irwin of Curry College is another local hoop star who had a great senior season.
The guard from Billerica, a Shawsheen Tech grad, ended her career by scoring a game-high 25 points in Curry’s 67-51 loss to Endicott in the Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinals. She fouled out late in the contest or she may have had more.
The game before that, Irwin had a game-high 32 points in a 64-61 win over Roger Williams. She finished the season averaging 19.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, both of which were second on the team.
Switching to the rink, Southern New Hampshire University men’s hockey coach Sean Walsh, a Tewksbury native, was named the Coach of the Year for the Northeast-10 Conference.
Walsh has led the Penmen into the NE-10 championship game this Saturday at Saint Anselm College (1 p.m.).
In his second season at SNHU, Walsh led the team to a 12-9-4 record and a second seed in the NE-10 Tournament.
The Penmen posted a winning record in back-to-back seasons for the first time in 13 years.